MLS Weekend Preview: Week 21

MLS Weekend Preview: Week 21

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On August 20, 2010
  • 1 Comments
  • 2010 Week 21, Weekend Previews

Dwayne De Rosario and Toronto host New York and their trio of Designated Players. (Getty Images)

The weekend is finally here huh? Its been a busy week around here with the redesign of the site and some other things in my personal life taking up loads of time. But the weekend is finally here and the slate of games this weekend certainly doesn’t disappoint. There are a couple good eastern conference matches along with one of the league’s oldest rivalries out west.

I’ll admit my brain is little fried after this week so some previews may run a little shorter than I’d normally like.

But as always feel free to leave your comments below on this weekend’s games. Saturday

New York Red Bulls – at – Toronto FC

New York takes their show back on the road, this time north of the border to Toronto to play at the fortress that is BMO Field. Toronto had a busy week with a Champions League game but I don’t think the extra miles on the legs will affect Preki’s bunch all that much.

I think the DP trio of Rafa Marquez, Thierry Henry and Juan Pablo Angel still need a little more time to adjust to one another. Marquez and Henry still are getting their fitness up to speed and should be fine in time for the playoffs but I see Toronto taking advantage of their home field and getting the points in this one. Expect a tight game but somehow Toronto sneaks by New York.

Player to watch out for: Mista – He seems to be getting used to the league himself, getting his first goal in CCL play was probably huge for him and the club.

WVH Prediction: Toronto 1, New York 0

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LA Galaxy – at – San Jose Earthquakes

An afternoon affair for the California Clasico. LA comes into town fresh off a big win in New York last week. They know not to take the Quakes lightly too. It will be interesting to see if the Quakes are able to get their new Designated Player Geovanni into the game to help spark their offense.

But looking at the Quakes backline really worries me. With all the injuries and the suspension to Jason Hernandez you have to think that LA should have little trouble finding ways to test Joe Cannon’s goal. LA knows their Supporter’s Shield lead is slimming down so look for them to pounce on a weakened San Jose defense for the road win.

Player to watch out for: Bobby Convey – He’s moving to left back to make up for the losses in defense. How he handles Edson Buddle and Landon Donovan will go a long way in how the Quakes do in this one.

WVH Prediction: LA 2, San Jose 0

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Colorado Rapids – at – Columbus Crew

Columbus should have a little better time in this one than in their Champions League game on Wednesday against Municipal. Colorado is a bit banged up and in a bit of a funk too. But while the Rapids defense is still one of the better groups in the league its the play in midfield that worries me as they really have little wing play anymore. Going against a team like Columbus that won’t be fun.

The Crew get Eddie Gavin back and in all honesty that is enough for me in this one since we really don’t know what to expect out of Conor Casey and Omar Cummings at the moment.

Player to watch out for: Emmanuel Ekpo – If you saw his goal in the Champions League on Wednesday you’ll know why I’m placing him here. That little bit of beauty is enough to give this kid the confidence to start scoring again.

WVH Prediction: Columbus 1, Colorado 0

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Chivas USA – at – FC Dallas

The league’s hottest team hosts one of the bottom of the barrel sides. I’ve seen a lot of Chivas-Dallas games over the last few years and one thing is always consistent in them, speed usually wins out. Dallas has plenty of that with the up and coming play of Jeff Cunningham, Atiba Harris and Brek Shea.

Dallas’ current 10-game unbeaten run could be in danger if the team overlooks Chivas here as they have a big one against Columbus next week. Its possibly a trap game but I like the way Dallas has been playing lately due to the MVP form of David Ferriera. They should be able to work the possession in their favor and get three more points out of this one.

Player to watch out for: Cunningham – He seems to be heating up yet again late in this season like he did in 2009. That could be dangerous for a Chivas defense that lets in its fair share of goals.

WVH Prediction: Dallas 2, Chivas 0

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New England Revolution – at – Kansas City Wizards

Two clubs hoping to stay in the playoff race in the east meet up this weekend in Kansas City. Both clubs have some scoring issues and Kansas City will be without rookie Teal Bunbury who is suspended for this one.

The Revs couldn’t do it in Chicago on Wednesday and I have a feeling they won’t get three points tomorrow in KC. The thing is the Wizards have a knack for dropping points they shouldn’t as well. This one smells like a draw to me.

Player to watch out for: Marko Perovic – Can he be the spark the Revs need in this one?

WVH Prediction: Kansas City 0, New England 0

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Chicago Fire – at – Houston Dynamo

The Fire have to find a way to build off the New England win from earlier this week. The newcomers still need some time to gel with one another but things are looking up, very up for this club. Defensive issues still surround this club but I think that will turn around soon enough and Sean Johnson will be okay.

Houston is in the middle of the biggest funk they’ve ever been in since the club started playing in Houston. The 10-game bender isn’t helping their playoff chances, which continue to look worse each week. I think they’ll hold the Fire to a point though as Geoff Cameron starts to shine for them here at home.

Player to watch out for: Cameron – He’s the cog in the machine that keeps the Dynamo together, his addition to the midfield should help a shaky backline against an offense that is still coming together.

WVH Prediction: Houston 1, Chicago 1

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Sunday

Philadelphia Union – at – D.C. United

The battle for the wooden spoon hits the nation’s capital. I know Philly fans have been raging on D.C. all week which makes this new rivalry so much more interesting than I actually thought it would be. Let’s just hope a few more folks turn out at RFK this weekend to see this one.

D.C. will hope to get some revenge at home for the 3-2 loss back in April but I just don’t see D.C. having enough to do it. Sebastien Le Toux is too much to handle and Philadelphia should sneak in and get a rare road win.

Player to watch out for: Danny Mwanga – He’ll likely be one of the reasons why Philadelphia leaves D.C. with three points. He’s been a handful for everyone this season.

WVH Prediction: Philadelphia 2, D.C. 1

  • Pretty much agree with all your predictions, although maybe its the fact that im biased here but I can’t helpt to think NY won’t finally get it right and score at least one on Toronto…i say Toronto 1 New York 1.